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INSIDE THE 18: Jesse Marsch, Without Three Defenders, Makes Adjustments

The New York Red Bulls are without three of their starting defenders -- Michael Amir Murillo, Fidel Escobar and Kemar Lawrence -- for their game against FC Dallas on Saturday night.

The Red Bulls will insert Sal Zizzo, Damien Perrinelle and Connor Lade along the backline, along with Aaron Long and Tyler Adams.

Murillo and Escobar are away from the Red Bulls to play in Panama's World Cup Qualifying games, while Lawrence will play in a friendly for Jamaica against Canada.



Felipe and Sacha Kljestan will maintain the middle of the field, while Alex Muyl and Sean Davis attack on the wings.

Kljestan is currently tied with FC Dallas’s Michael Barrios for second in MLS with 12 assists this season.

Bradley Wright-Phillips will lead the scoring chances, while Luis Robles will start in goal.

New York is 10-3-1 (8-3-1 in MLS / 2-0-0 in Open Cup) when Wright-Phillips has scored a goal this season

Robles has played some of his best soccer of his career against FC Dallas. In four matches, Robles has not allowed a goal and has tallied 11 saves. The New York netminder has also recorded one of his six career penalty kick saves against Dallas.

On the bench for New York, Evan Louro will be the backup goalkeeper, as Ryan Meara started for New York Red Bulls II on Saturday afternoon. Arun Basuljevic, Derrick Etienne, Jr., Gonzalo Veron, Vincent Bezecourt, Dilly Duka and Muhamed Keita round out the bench.